Happy Saturday stampers! I've got a wonderful day ahead with family time in the morning and evening and a big stamp camp in between!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Happy Saturday stampers! I've got a wonderful day ahead with family time in the morning and evening and a big stamp camp in between!
Aren't these little cans stinkin' adorable? It was so hard to cover up their cuteness for this week's challenge, but boy, I sure did! My Mom gave me both sets of the empty tins last weekend when we went for a visit. She "challenged" me to make something out of them. Well, never one to resist a good challenge, I knew right away what I was going to do.
In my Stampin' Studio, I have a Baker's Rack that holds my NEW Keurig one cup coffee pot. OMG, I love that thing! And so do my stamp campers - they have figured out all the cup sizes and have fun choosing their coffee, tea or cocoa. And I love the clean up - none! Anyway, I don't like how all the coffee bar sugars are just stuffed into a little ceramic pot on the baker's rack so I thought these little containers would be perfect to hold the individual packets of artificial sweetners.
So, I got out my stash of Designer Series Paper and used some Washington Apple and Old Olive Patterns to cover the 3 tins. I chose the colors/patterns based on the original color of the tins were since I wasn't covering the whole things.
The little labels are Whisper White cardstock that I ran through my printer and then I punched them out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. Each label has a Bashful Blue bloom from the Botanical Blooms stamp set stamped over the word for a little extra detail. The labels were attached to the back of some Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver frames with Mini Glue Dots. I tied them to the tins with Apricot Appeal Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon.
For the tops of the tins, I used my Wide Oval Punch and punched a coordinating piece of cardstock for each. They each got a Filigree Brad piece glued to the top with a Colored Rhinestone Brad in the center.
For the tray that the tins sit inside, I covered it first with Riding Hood Red Patterns Designer Series Paper then went around it with some So Saffron ribbon from the FREE Sale-A-Bration Ribbon Bundle. A couple of flowers from my Big Shot Birds and Blooms die and another Rhinestone Fire Circle Brad covers the ribbon seam and it was finished!
I love, love, love these little tins - they remind me of something from a 1950's styled kitchen and I can't wait to begin using them in the studio. My Mom is getting the second set for her kitchen! Love you Mom!
Be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge players today by clicking on the icon in my right sidebar. I'm sure they have some fun altered items to inspire you.
Please leave a comment and tell me what you think of my canister make-over! I love to hear from you!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Here I go again with the Soda Can Big Shot projects! I can't help myself - it's so cool that the Big Shot will cut through those aluminum cans (and a lot more too!)
I've actually had this idea in my head for awhile but haven't had time to really "crank" it out. Get it........"crank"........like you "crank" the handle on the Big Shot to get it to roll thru. Yep, I've lost it, no question there! Too much soda! LOL!
So, here's the deal. I sent Shannon West, my friend and also super stamp artist at SU! the Diet Coke star for her Christmas tree after seeing her Diet Coke ornaments on the tree at the November Regional Seminar. Well, her buddy Jaron Winder, another super stamp artist at SU! saw the star and was inspired to create a bracelet with soda can hearts on it for the Orlando Regional. I guess he saw the "light" from the star! Oh, I crack myself up. Yes, .....I know.....only myself, but it's a life.
Anyway, when I came back from Orlando, I had a ton of pictures from the conference that I wanted to showcase in an album and since Jaron had shown off my star, I thought that a Top Note Soda Can Album would be a great way to remember my like, 5 seconds of fame.
To create this baby, I simply cut apart (ok, my hubby cut them apart for me) several different soda cans with my Craft and Rubber Scissors. I have to thank my stamp campers for supplying me with the raw materials. They drink a LOT of soda!
The cover was die cut out of a gold Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi can and the back cover was cut from a Safeway Fruit Seltzer can. After "cranking" them out I put the cover piece back through my Big Shot and used the new Texturz large polka dot plate to give it the fun dimension.
The flowers and leaves were made with the Birds and Blooms Sizzlits, the Daisy Flower Sizzlits and the Simple Flower Embosslit. These were cut using a Sierra Mist can (green) a regular Pepsi can (blue/red) and the rest of the Caffiene free Diet Pepsi can (gold).
Once all the flowers were cut out, I placed them on the cover with Mini Glue Dots. I did use the center rhinestone from a Blue Rhinestone Circle Ice Brad for the center of the Daisy Flower.
All my inside pages were cut using regular Stampin' Up! cardstock. Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Green Galore and Tempting Turquoise. Once I had all my pages and the cover, I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes in the left side. I did punch through the cover pieces first and then through the cardstock pages.
Silver book rings from Staples were added and for a little extra "hardware" I used three of the Filigree Designer Brads (just the flower parts) around the book rings.
This turned out so super cute and I'm thrilled with the results! You'll have to tell me what you think! And hey, if you own a Big Shot, YOU can make this project too! It was sooooo easy, you just have to drink a lot of soda or rummage in a recycling bin somewhere. But hey, if you are dressed nicely, you can just say you are looking for the diamond bracelet you lost. Yeah, they'll believe that! :)
Be sure to check back tomorrow and Friday for some more unique 3-D projects. I'm dying to show you, but I know you can handle only so much WOW at a time.
Love you guys!
The edges are not particularly sharp, the die kind of curls the edges of the can so it dulls it somewhat when it cuts through. The flowers and leaves are kind of pointy, but even with all the handling of it I had to do, I never cut myself, even paper cut style. Some one else asked me if the covers are just the metal cans and the answer is yes, I didn't mount them on chipboard or anything else. The aluminum is flimsy, however, when you use the silver inside for the outside of the project, you have to roll it up on itself to get it to straighten out so it makes the cover a lot sturdier than you would think. Hope that helps!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
That really describes the state of mind I was in after finishing all 30 of these swap cards!
Purple is not a color I work with often - don't get me wrong, I love purple - but it's just one of those colors that doesn't get pulled out much on impulse for me. My actual inspiration for this card came from two sources. The first was the cover of a Ballard Designs catalog that my friend Lissa gave me last week. It had a black and white toile decor scheme with small pops of lavender. Very fresh and clean looking. My second inspiration came from a swap card I received from my friend Jaimie. She used Orchid Opulence which I hadn't used in FOREVER! It inspired me to get my very old pack of cardstock out and USE it! Thanks Jaimie!
So, I started with a card base of Orchid Opulence folded to make a 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" card. The next layer is Elegant Eggplant trimmed at 3 7/8" x 5 1/8". This gave a greater variance so the Orchid color would be more prominent.
Inspired by the clean look of the catalog cover, I used Whisper White for my top layer, stamping on a portion of it with the bold flowers from the Garden Greetings stamp set. The large flower is stamped in Orchid Opulence, the medium in Elegant Eggplant and the small in Basic Gray. Basic Black was too stark. When stamping, I masked off a portion of the cardstock with scrap paper so it would remain white. Another detail I added, which is impossible to see in this photo, is the embossed Polka Dots on the Whisper White layer. I used my new Big Shot Texturz Plates to create the embossing.
All of the flowers received Purple Fine Cosmo Glitter for their centers and then both layers were mounted together with Elegant Eggplant Narrow Grosgrain wrapped around the stamped line.
To create the greeting, I stamped "Friends" in Elegant Eggplant on Whisper White, then punched it out with my Small Oval Punch. This was mounted on a Large Oval Punch of Elegant Eggplant and a Square Rhinestone Ice Brad in PURPLE was added. Dimensionals were placed on the back of the greeting and it was mounted on yet another layer of Orchid Opulence punched out with my Wide Oval Punch. More Dimensionals were added and it was mounted to the card front.
So, now all the swaps are in the mail, sending stamped happiness to my demonstrator friends across the US! I hope they like this card and I hope you do too. Maybe it's inspired you to get out a color you rarely work with and USE it! If so, send me a picture of your creation! I'd love to know how you are inspired!
Happy Saturday, everyone!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Happy Friday stampers! It's that time again - Blogger's Challenge!
I love how being in this group forces me to get out of my stamping box and create in a whole new way. This week was really a challenge for me, not because I didn't have an idea, but I kept wanting to add more to the final piece and it really just stands alone so well. Sometimes its just hard to say "Step AWAY from the card!" LOL!
The first picture is of our challenge inspiration piece. We had to interpret this photo in our project.
The next photo is of my final card in normal light and the last photo shows it with some natural sunlight from my family room so the golden shimmer comes through. It didn't photograph well from my studio.
I started with the top layer and chose Cameo Coral. That's a color I've been using a lot lately and honestly, I've probably not touched it in over a year!
Next, I stamped the Baroque background stamp in Ruby Red Craft ink on the cardstock. Love, love this stamp! It's so elegant! To do the embossing, I mixed a little bit of Clear Embossing Powder with some Gold Embossing Powder so it would have the shimmer that is in the inspiration piece.
After embossing with my Heat Tool, I layered this piece onto Riding Hood Red, then Brushed Gold and lastly, Ruby Red for the card itself.
And then I tried, oh so hard, to add ribbon, brads, embossed hardware, an embossed greeting in multi layers, but it all just took away from the Wow factor of that golden shimmer. So, I just left it as is and I'm really happy with the result. Please be sure to leave me a comment and tell me if you agree or if you would have done something differently! I love to hear from you!
Also check out the other Blogger's Challenge Players to see what they have interpreted from the photo. They are all sure to inspire you. The link is in my right sidebar.
Happy Stamping everyone! I'll be back tomorrow with the swap card I've been working on this week!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Actually, if you had a copy of the Holiday Mini Catalog, you know that this is just my version of the Calendar Kit that was in that book. I used the same On Board Triple Clipboard for my project, but I took a lot of liberties with my design.
The left panel is meant to be a seasonal "scrapbook page" or photo mat. There are four of them included with the calendar and I used the pocket on the back of the clipboard to hold the extras when they aren't on display.
The middle section has the twelve calendar pages there, trimmed shorter to fit the board and then stamped to make them cute!
The right panel is the message center. I created a panel with post it notes and a pen for quick and easy notes anywhere this is displayed.
Our color palette was taken directly from the kit - no sense reinventing the wheel! We used Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue. The stamp set is one of my new favs Best Wishes and More.
Believe it or not, I didn't BUY that stamp set from the catalog because I didn't like it so much at first! BUT, Stampin' Up! gave it to us at the November Regional in Virginia Beach and now that I own it and use it - I LOVE it! Thanks Stampin' Up!
That's just one of the many ways Stampin' Up! treats it's demonstrators in a special way. It's great to be part of a company that values its people - especially in these times. I've had the pleasure of welcoming 3 new team members to my stamping group in the last two weeks! Welcome Joan, Bengy and Beth! I'm so glad to have you on my team and I KNOW you will love Stampin' Up!
If you want to know more about being part of my fabulous team of stampers - let me know. Or you can click on the Join My Team link in the right sidebar on my blog. There is a wonderful special on our demonstrator kit right now - there is no better time than now to try us out. It would be great fun to have you on my team!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
You like me, you really like me!
Thanks to my Blogger's Challenge buddy, Tangii Crain, I have earned another blog award! This is so cool! Nothing beats being told you do good work by a peer! Thanks so much Tangii. (You can view her blog here!)
Now I get to choose some of my blogging friends to pass this on to. In no particular order, here are a few I visit for inspiration:
1) Caroline LeBel - http://www.craftincaro.ca/
2) Lynn Weiss - http://lwdesigns.blogspot.com/
3) Selene Kempton - http://stampinfunwithselene.blogspot.com/
4) Kelly Taylor - http://www.stamppink.blogspot.com/
Happy President's Day everyone!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
To create the lid, I trimmed a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock to fit the top, covering the silver printing. Then I ran it thru my Big Shot Die Cut machine with the NEW, WAAAY Cool Texturz Plates! These are incredible - I Love the dimension they provide. For this box, I used the small polka dot because it matched the Candy Lane Designer Series Paper that is on the inside of the box. Once it was texturized, I sponged the bumps with Pretty in Pink ink then covered the whole thing with Versamark and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder to give it the fun, sparkly finish! It was attached to the lid with Sticky Strip.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Happy Tuesday everyone!
I'm back from Emma's competition in NJ and getting back to work finally. Today's post is a fun project we did for my Love is in the Air Valentine's class. It's super cute and very fun to make.
The box is two Scalloped Envelopes cut with the Big Shot in Close to Cocoa cardstock. They are attached with Sticky Strip with a long piece of matching cardstock that wraps around the sides and bottom. It's just the perfect size for holding four little Love Note cards and envelopes!
We decorated the box with a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Riding Hood Red patterns. The front box flap is folded down and fastened with Sticky Strip. We then embellished it with a circle punched with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch in Pink Pirouette, a Close to Cocoa tag layered with the valentine greeting on Whisper White. It's stamped with Riding Hood Red and colored in with the Blender Pens and Pink Pirouette ink. This cute tag stamp is from Happy Heart Day stamp set and both tag layers were punched with the two Tag Punches. The Riding Hood Red heart comes from the Best Wishes and More stamp set and was stamped on Whisper White cardstock then trimmed out with the Paper Snips. It's mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals and adhered on top.
The cute little love note cards are 3 x 3 and are done with Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. The lovebirds, from the Love You Much stamp set, are stamped in Basic Brown then colored in with the Blender Pen and Pink Pirouette ink. The heart part of the stamp is covered with a Riding Hood Red heart punched with the new Heart to Heart punch. The greeting from Best Wishes and More, is stamped along the bottom in Riding Hood Red.
For a final touch, the envelopes are stamped with the birds in the lower left corner in Basic Brown ink.
This is a great project - very easy to do and would make a great gift for any loved one for Valentine's Day!
All the supplies to make this project and much more can be found on my website at www.robinstamps4u.stampinup.net. You can go there to shop anytime, 24/7. Just click on the "Shop Now" button at the top right of the home page.
Sale-A-Bration is now in full swing and that means with every $50 you spend in merchandise purchases, you get FREE Stamps, Designer Series Paper or Ribbon! If you are ordering online, be sure to look for the special button before you submit your order. Or just contact me and I can place the order for you, no problem!